First, I will announce the Shabby Apple giveaway winner: #65. Randi Sampson. Congrats!
On to the post.
Faux Bamboo Chairs. They are also referred to as the Chinese Chippendale or Chinoiserie, meaning Asian influence.
Famous furniture maker Thomas Chippendale spoke of them in his book The Gentleman and Cabinetmaker’s Director, way back in 1754. The faux-bamboo elements and heavy lacquer were an immediate hit.
The popularity of the Chinese Chippendale remained steady through the 1930′s where it became part of the glamorous Hollywood Regency style. It re-emerged again in the 1960′s, again retro chic and totally mod. These chairs continue to be popular, adding style to virtually any room.
You saw them in green in the breakfast room design board for the new house that I posted this past week.
Well, I scored six plus a table for $300 off of Craigslist! Pardon these photos as they are straight from Craigslist. Once I get them in our new home in a few weeks, I’ll show them to you there.
They are from 1976 and all original, made by Meadowcraft. Love the fretwork. It matches the coffee table I just scored off of Craigslist last week for $50.
I plan to paint them green and to make some cushions in off white! Oh, and the table. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it yet. I may get a smaller table top and use it as an end table.
Let’s look at this design in rooms so we can see their full potential.
(Nate Berkus’ home below.)
Remember, I got a table and six chairs for $300. Once I got home with them, I googled the going price of faux bamboo chippendale chairs. They go for anywhere between $200-1300 EACH. Of course, mine are aluminum and most of most of these don’t say what material they are made from, but some seem to be rattan and others wood… and some aluminum. So, I’m not sure what that makes these worth. I’ve heard $180-300 a chair. Any thoughts? Not that I plan to sell them… ever.
Some of my favorite places to get reproductions are Williams Sonoma Home, Jonathan Adler, Ethan Allen, Ballard Designs and Wisteria.
Below is a Jonathan Adler chair now selling for $495 each, though it is on sale. It doesn’t say what material it’s made from.
And, this aluminum faux bamboo chippendale chair is selling for $1250!
No matter the worth, I love them and they were just what I was looking for.
What do you think of the chairs? Have you used faux bamboo chairs in your home? What is your best Craigslist find lately?
And, in case you were wondering, I saw these on One King’s Lane. Exact same chairs. Look at the price (sale price).